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When to Harvest Sun Flower Heads
« on: August 05, 2017, 02:51:45 PM »
This Year i planted some of the Giant Sun Flowers, the heads are as big as dinner plates, I would like to try saving the seed from some, also would like to try roasting some.

would any of U know when its time to cut the heads, some have doubled over, I think they do that as the seeds  develop,

How do i go about roasting the seed, how do they get the salt in there, like the ones we buy??

The rest of the head i plan to hang in a dry place after i cut them, and feed the seed to the birds

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Re: When to Harvest Sun Flower Heads
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2017, 05:30:00 PM »
cut the heads when they droop fully and turn brown, but before they loose their seed.  if you have a lot of birds around you may need to bag the heads or they'll start pulling the seed and eating them all.

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Re: When to Harvest Sun Flower Heads
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2017, 05:59:28 PM »
Thanks Jet, I will place a onion sack over the head,

 do U know anything about how to go about roasting them so they will something like the one that are sold in the stores?

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Re: When to Harvest Sun Flower Heads
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2017, 09:52:00 PM »
Hey Rat,
I hope all is well at St. John. I also planted a few sunflowers just for the fun of it and look up some info about picking, drying, and roasting. Check out the link below and you will find some answers. There are some other sites also.
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http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/sunflower-harvest-seeds-zbcz1309

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Re: When to Harvest Sun Flower Heads
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2017, 08:32:22 AM »
Thanks PawPaw >< That's just what i was looking for,

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Re: When to Harvest Sun Flower Heads
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2017, 01:10:10 PM »
I've planted sunflowers for years and have never been able to harvest them without them molding before ripening.  Maybe I'm doing something wrong. Anyway, I gave up and just started cutting the heads and leaving lay in the garden for the birds. The smaller ones I just leave on the plant and the birds find them.
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Re: When to Harvest Sun Flower Heads
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2017, 01:51:27 PM »
Thanks Catgrass, I will Post how it all turns out, the heads on the older plants have now turned and looking straight at the ground, the back side of the heads are turning yellow, the heads seem heavy, i was thinking how strong the stalk has to be to hold that big head up with out snapping off

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Re: When to Harvest Sun Flower Heads
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2017, 09:20:54 AM »
Yes, the back of the head should be yellow before cutting.  Good luck-hope you can do it.  If so, I want to know what kind of sunflower you are planting.
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Re: When to Harvest Sun Flower Heads
« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2017, 02:08:33 PM »
Cutgrass I planted 2 different kind, and don't know the name of either one, I plan to save some seed from the ones that is doing so well, and i would glad to share some with U,

I need to take A picture of one of the heads, its amazing that the stoke can hold the thing up, the back of the first ones that bloomed are yellow, the rest of the plant is still good and green, they are planted where i had a compost pile, so they are not lacking all the want in the way of Feed

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Re: When to Harvest Sun Flower Heads
« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2017, 08:55:28 PM »
Rat the stalk is as hard Asa tree that size.  When the garden is done we use the front end loader to shove the stalks over an into a pile where we burn them. 
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Re: When to Harvest Sun Flower Heads
« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2017, 06:37:30 PM »

How do i go about roasting the seed, how do they get the salt in there, like the ones we buy??

Thanks Rat

I have used this method


Place 1 cup of un-shelled sunflower seeds in a bowl. Pour in enough water to cover the seeds. They will absorb some of the water, which will prevent them from becoming too dry while roasting.

Add 1/3 to 1/2 cup of salt. Stir well.
Soak in the salted water overnight. This will help to infuse the sunflower seeds with a salty flavor.

Drain the seeds and pat dry with some paper towel.

Preheat the oven to 300F/150C. Spread the sunflower seeds on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, in a single layer.

Roast for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally until the shells are golden brown. The shells will develop a crack  as they roast.

Cool on the baking sheet, then store in an airtight container.



 
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Re: When to Harvest Sun Flower Heads
« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2017, 06:45:15 PM »
I wonder if you added some crawfish boil to the brine if you can make them a little more Cajun friendly?
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Re: When to Harvest Sun Flower Heads
« Reply #12 on: August 13, 2017, 09:07:40 AM »
Thanks Maggie I save your method of roasting sunflower seed, the time is drawing near for me to start harvesting some heads, all though they were all set out the same day, they are finishing over a 3 week time period

Gopher I like your idea of adding some spice to the water, one of my nephews have done so when boiling peanuts, I don't know the amount he added, they were very tasty

Rat
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Concordia Parish La.
18 Pecan Trees 11 Raised Beds
Live on the Banks of Lake St. John
about 1/2 Mile from the Miss River
Has to Be Next Door To Heaven
Toro ZTR Mower >< Lots of Grass